30 All-Time Best Quotes to Inspire Creativity

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We are collectors. Of words, of images, of fabrics. Of colors, of textures, of papers. Of songs, photos, books. You name it, we probably save it. Files, piles, swipe, online folders full of visual inspiration, musical inspiration, written inspiration. The life of a creative person means you are both easily inspired, and innately curious. Always seeking inspiration + learning, and finding ways to apply in your own life + work.

Words, especially, have a special way of speaking to my soul. They’re taped to walls and mirrors, jotted in journals or memorized when they are especially moving to me. I love the comfort in a great quote. The confidence in finding one of purpose + connection in words, so well composed. Especially in my creative work, I love hearing the voices of the great artists + thinkers as they reflect on their creative journey.

30 of my all-time favorite quotes to inspire creativity:

  • Fulfill your potential. That’s the way to happiness. -Agnes Martin

  • Creativity is the way I share my soul with the world -Brene Brown

  • You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. -Maya Angelou

  • The things that excite you are not random. They are connected to your purpose. Follow them. -ThinkGrowProsper

  • Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist. -Pablo PIcasso

  • Learn as much as you can, then forget it all. -Cindy Sherman

  • Trust the wait. Embrace the uncertainty. Enjoy the beauty of becoming. When nothing is certain, anything is possible. -mindsofgreatness

  • Let’s do what we love and a lot of it. -Marc Jacobs

  • Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the great secret of creative people. -Leo Burnett

  • One day, a long time from now you’ll cease to care anymore whom you please or what anybody has to say about you. That’s when you’ll finally produce the work you’re capable of. -J.D. Salinger

  • What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you believe, you create. -Buddha

  • I just do the best job I can with what’s in front of me and follow the path that reveals itself. -Ina Garten

  • Creativity takes courage. -Henri Matisse

  • Allow your passion to become your purpose, and one day it will become your profession. -Gabrielle Bernstein

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  • Watch carefully, the magic that occurs, when you give a person, just enough freedom to be themselves. -Atticus

  • The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. -Sylvia Plath

  • If people don’t like what you are creating, just smile at them sweetly and tell them to go make their own fucking art. -Elizabeth Gilbert

  • Thoughts on creative radiance: you know those times when you start to glow because you’re not the one using your body + mind + heart to do the work? Yeah. Just so you know that’s the work that matters. -Brian Andreas

  • The creative process is a process of surrender, not control. -Julia Cameron

  • The most regretful people on earth are those who felt the call to creative work, who felt their own creative power restive and uprising, and gave to it neither power nor time. -Mary Oliver

  • Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. -Steve Jobs

  • You can find inspiration in everything. And if you can’t, look again. -Paul Smith

  • The opposite of a hot mess is cold, predictable and tidy.  That’s not where your magic lives.  Be brave and choose the mess.  -Mel Charbonneau

  • Replace fear of the unknown with curiosity.  -Penelope Ward

  • Get mighty clear about what makes you happy and what makes you feel most alive, and then create it instead of pretending you can’t have it. -Jen Sincero

  • Always keep your eyes open. Keep watching. Because whatever you see can inspire you. -Grace Coddington

  • Write it. Shoot it. Publish it. Crochet it, saute it, whatever, make. -Joss Whedon

  • To be creative means to be in love with life. You can be creative only if you love life enough that you want to enhance its beauty, you want to bring a little more music to it, a little more poetry to it, a little more dance to it. -Osho

  • The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination. -Albert Einstein

  • To live a creative life we must lose our fear of being wrong. -Joseph Chiltern Pearce

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So tell us, which words speak to your sparkly soul?